Surnames Starting with M

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MAChinese
From Chinese () meaning "horse".
MAASDutch, Low German
From the given name MAAS.
MAC AN BAIRDScottish
Scottish form of Mac an Bhaird (see WARD (2)).
MAC AN BHAIRDIrish
Irish Gaelic form of WARD (2).
MAC AN FLEISDEIRScottish
Scottish Gaelic form of LISTER.
MACANGUSScottish
Means "son of ANGUS" in Gaelic.
MAC AODHAScottish, Irish
Means "son of AODH" in Gaelic.
MAC AODHAGÁINIrish
Irish Gaelic form of KEEGAN.
MACARTurkish
Means "Hungarian" in Turkish.
MACASLANScottish
Means "son of ABSALOM" in Gaelic.
MACBETHScottish
Derived from the Gaelic given name Mac Beatha meaning "son of life", which denoted a man of religious devotion. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king, and the name of a play based on his life by William Shakespeare.
MAC BRANAINIrish
Irish Gaelic form of BRANNON.
MAC CÁBAIrish, Scottish
Irish Gaelic form of MCCABE.
MACCAILÍNIrish, Scottish
Means "son of CAILEAN" in Gaelic.
MACCALLIONScottish
Anglicized form of MACCAILÍN.
MACCALLUMScottish
From Gaelic Mac Coluim meaning "son of COLUMBA".
MACCANCEScottish
Variant form of MACANGUS.
MACCARRICKIrish
Means "son of Cúcharraige" in Irish. The given name Cúcharraige is composed of "hound" and carraig "rock".
MACCARTHYIrish
Means "son of CÁRTHACH" in Irish.
MACCHRUIMScottish
Means "son of Crum", where Crum is a Gaelic byname meaning "bent".
MAC CIONAODHAScottish
Irish Gaelic form of MCKENNA.
MAC CLÉIRICHIrish
Means "son of the clerk".
MACCLERYIrish
Anglicized form of MAC CLÉIRICH.
MAC CNÁIMHÍNIrish
Means "son of Cnámh". The Irish given name Cnámh means "bone".
MAC COINNICHScottish
Irish Gaelic form of MACKENZIE.
MAC CONMARAIrish
Gaelic form of MCNAMARA.
MACCOUGHLANIrish
Means "son of Cochlán". The given name Cochlán is derived from Irish cochal "cape" or "hood".
MACCRUMScottish
Anglicized form of MACCHRUIM.
MACCRUMBScottish
Variant form of MACCRUM.
MAC DAIBHÉIDIrish
Irish Gaelic form of MCDEVITT.
MAC DHUIBHINSEIrish
Irish Gaelic form of VINCENT (2).
MAC DIARMADAIrish
Irish Gaelic form of MCDERMOTT.
MACDONALDScottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Domhnaill meaning "son of DONALD". It originates from the Highland clan Donald.
MACDOUGALLScottish
Means "son of DOUGAL" in Scottish.
MAC DUIBHSHÍTHEScottish, Irish
Means "son of Duibhshíth" in Gaelic. The given name Duibhshíth means "black peace".
MACEACHTHIGHEARNAScottish
Means "son of Eichthighearn", where the personal name Eichthighearn means "horse lord" in Gaelic.
MACEKCzech
Derived from the name Macek, a diminutive of MATEJ.
MAC EOGHAINIrish, Scottish
meaning "son of EOGHAN" in Gaelic.
MACEYEnglish
Variant of MASSEY.
MAC GHABHANNIrish
Means "son of the smith" in Irish.
MAC GILLEAINScottish
Scottish Gaelic form of MCLAIN.
MAC GILLE FHAOLAINScottish
Scottish Gaelic form of MCCLELLAND.
MAC GIOLLA BHRIGHDEIrish
Means "son of the servant of BRIGHID" in Irish.
MAC GIOLLA DHUIBHIrish
Irish Gaelic form of KILDUFF.
MAC GIOLLA EOINIrish
Irish Gaelic form of MCLAIN.
MACGOWANIrish
Anglicized form of MAC GHABHANN.
MACGREGORScottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Griogair meaning "son of GREGOR". It originates from the Highland clan Gregor. A famous bearer was the Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734).
MACHADOPortuguese, Spanish
Derived from Spanish and Portuguese machado "hatchet" and denoted a person who made or used hatchets.
MACHÁNCzech
Derived from the given name Mach (a Czech diminutive of MICHAEL or MATĚJ).
MACÍASSpanish
Derived from the given name MATEO.
MACKAYScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MACKENZIEScottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Coinnich meaning "son of COINNEACH". It originates from the Kintail area of Scotland on the northwest coast.
MAC LEÒIDScottish
Gaelic form of MCLEOD.
MAC MAGHNUISIrish
Irish Gaelic form of MCMANUS.
MAC MATHGHAMHNAIrish
Irish Gaelic form of MCMAHON.
MAC NAOIMHÍNIrish, Scottish
Means "son of NAOMHÁN" In Gaelic.
MAC NEACHTAINIrish, Scottish
Means "son of NECHTAN" in Gaelic.
MACNEVINIrish
Anglicized form of MAC NAOIMHÍN.
MAC NIADHIrish
Means "son of Niadh" in Irish. The given name Niadh means "champion".
MAÇONFrench
French form of MASON.
MACQUEENIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MACSHUIBHNE.
MACSHUIBHNEIrish, Scottish
Means "son of SUIBHNE" in Gaelic.
MAC UILEAGÓIDIrish
Irish Gaelic form of MCELLIGOTT.
MACWILLIAMScottish
Means "son of WILLIAM" in Gaelic.
MACYEnglish
Variant of MASSEY.
MADDENIrish
Anglicized form of Ó MADAIDHÍN.
MADDOXWelsh
Derived from the given name MADOC.
MADEIRAPortuguese
Occupational name for a carpenter, from Portuguese madeira "wood".
MADIGANIrish
Anglicized form of Ó MADAIDHÍN.
MADISONEnglish
Means "son of MAUD". A famous bearer of this surname was the fourth American president James Madison (1751-1836).
MADSENDanish
Means "son of MADS".
MAEDAJapanese
From Japanese (mae) meaning "front, forward" and (ta) meaning "field".
MAESFlemish
Flemish form of MAAS.
MAESSENDutch
Means "son of MAAS".
MAESTRIItalian
Means "master" in Italian.
MAGALHÃESPortuguese
Denoted a person hailing from one of the numerous minor places of this name in Portugal. The first element in the place name may have been derived from the Celtic word magal.
MAG AONGHUISIrish
Irish Gaelic form of MCGUINNESS.
MAGEEScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MAGNUSSONSwedish
Means "son of MAGNUS".
MAGORIANIrish
Possibly a variant of MCGOWAN or MCGOVERN.
MAGROItalian
From a nickname meaning "thin, lean", ultimately from Latin macer.
MAG SHAMHRADHÁINIrish
Irish Gaelic form of MCGOVERN.
MAG UIDHIRIrish
Irish Gaelic form of MCGUIRE.
MAGYARHungarian
Means "Hungarian" in Hungarian.
MAHChinese
Variant transcription of MA.
MAHONEYIrish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Mathghamhna meaning "descendant of MATHGHAMHAIN".
MAINAEastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name MAINA.
MAISURADZEGeorgian
From Georgian მაისურა (maisura) meaning "shirt".
MAJEWSKIPolish
Derived from Polish maj meaning "May". It may have been given in reference to the month the first bearer was baptized.
MÄKELÄFinnish
Means "the place of the hill" in Finnish.
MAKI (1)Japanese
From Japanese (maki) meaning "shepherd, tend cattle".
MAKI (2)Japanese
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine" and (ki) meaning "tree".
MÄKINENFinnish
Derived from Finnish mäki meaning "hill".
MAKSIMOVRussian
Means "son of MAKSIM".
MALINOWSKIPolish
Means "dweller by raspberries" from Polish malina.
MALLEYIrish
Anglicized form of Ó MÁILLE.
MALLONIrish
Variant of MALONE.
MALLORYEnglish
From Old French maloret meaning "unfortunate, unlucky", a term introduced to England by the Normans.
MALLOYEIrish
Variant of MOLLOY.
MALONEIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Maoil Eoin which means "descendant of a disciple of Saint JOHN".
MALYPolish, Czech
Means "small" in the Slavic languages.
MANChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of WEN.
MANCINIItalian
Diminutive of MANCO.
MANCOItalian
Means "left-handed" in Italian.
MANCUSOSicilian
Sicilian variant of MANCO.
MANDELGerman, Jewish
Means "almond" in German.
MANDELBAUMJewish
Means "almond tree" in German.
MANFREDIItalian
Derived from the given name MANFREDO.
MANFREDONIAItalian
Originally indicated a person from Manfredonia, Italy. The city was named for the 13th-century king Manfred of Sicily.
MANNGerman, English
From a nickname meaning "man". This may have originally been given in order to distinguish the bearer from a younger person with the same name.
MANTOVANIItalian
From the name of the city of Mantova in Lombardy.
MARADONASpanish
Locative name coming from the name of a place near Lugo in northern Spain. A notable bearer is former Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona (1960-).
MARANGOZTurkish
Occupational name meaning "joiner" in Turkish.
MARCHANDEnglish, French
Occupational surname meaning "merchant", ultimately from Latin mercari "to trade".
MARCHEGIANOItalian
From the name of the Marche region in Italy. It was the real surname of the American boxer Rocky Marciano (1923-1969), who was born Rocco Marchegiano.
MARCHESIItalian
From the title marchese meaning "marquis".
MARCHETTIItalian
From a diminutive of the given name MARCO.
MARCHIONIItalian
From the given name MELCHIOR.
MARCONIItalian
Derived from the given name MARCO.
MÅRDHSwedish
From Swedish mård meaning "pine marten". It was often a soldier's nickname, which became a surname in later generations.
MAREKCzech, Polish, Hungarian
Derived from the given name MAREK.
MARIItalian
Aphetic form of ALTIMARI.
MARÍASpanish
From the given the name MARÍA.
MARIAItalian, Portuguese
From the given the name MARIA.
MARIANIItalian
From the given name MARIANO.
MARIĆCroatian
Means "son of MARIJA".
MARIEFrench
From the given name MARIE.
MARINOItalian, Spanish
Derived from the given name MARINO.
MARINOSGreek
Derived from the given name MARINOS.
MARINOVBulgarian
Means "son of MARIN".
MARIONFrench
Derived from the given name MARION (1).
MARKEnglish
Derived from the given name MARK.
MARKEYIrish
From the Irish Ó Marcaigh meaning "descendant of Marcach", a given name meaning "horse rider".
MARKÓHungarian
Derived from the given name MARKO.
MARKOVBulgarian, Russian
Means "son of MARKO or MARK".
MARKUSSONSwedish
Means "son of MARKUS".
MARLEYEnglish
Originally denoted a person who hailed from one of the various places in Britain called Marley, ultimately meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. One of the main characters in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' (1843) bears this last name.
MARLOWEnglish
Originally a name for a person from Marlow (Buckinghamshire), England. The place name means "remnants of a lake" from Old English mere "lake" and lafe "remnants, remains".
MARMOItalian
Means "marble" in Italian.
MARQUARDTGerman
From Old German marka "border, boundary" and ward "protector". This was an occupational name for a border guard.
MARQUERINGDutch, German
Possibly a derivative of MARQUARDT.
MARQUERINKDutch, German
Possibly a derivative of MARQUARDT.
MÁRQUEZSpanish
Means "son of MARCOS".
MARSDENEnglish
From a place name derived from Old English mearc "boundary" and denu "valley".
MARSHALLEnglish
Derived from Middle English mareschal "a marshal", ultimately derived from Germanic marah "horse" and scalc "servant". It originally referred to someone who took care of horses.
MARSTONEnglish
From a place name derived from Old English mersc "marsh" and tun "enclosure".
MARSZAŁEKPolish
Polish cognate of MARSHALL.
MARTEL (1)English, French
Derived from the given name Martel, a medieval diminutive of MARTIN.
MARTEL (2)French, English
Nickname for a smith, derived from old French martel "hammer", ultimately from Latin martellus.
MARTENSDutch, Flemish
Means "son of MARTEN".
MARTÍCatalan
Derived from the given name MARTÍ.
MARTINEnglish, French, German, Czech
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MARTÍNEKCzech
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MARTINELLIItalian
From a diminutive of the given name MARTINO.
MARTÍNEZSpanish
Means "son of MARTÍN" in Spanish.
MARTINOVBulgarian
Means "son of MARTIN".
MARTINSEnglish
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MARTINSONEnglish
Means "son of MARTIN".
MARTINSSONSwedish
Means "son of MARTIN".
MÁRTONHungarian
Derived from the given name MÁRTON.
MARTZGerman
Derived from an old diminutive of MARTIN.
MARUŠIĆCroatian
Matronymic surname meaning "son of MARIJA".
MARUŠKACzech
Derived from the given name MARIE.
MARVINWelsh
Derived from the given name MERVYN.
MAS (1)Catalan
Means "farm" in Catalan.
MAŠEKCzech
Derived from the given name Mašek which can be a diminutive of either MATĚJ or TOMÁŠ.
MÁSELNÍKCzech
Referred to one who churned or sold butter or buttermilk, derived from Czech máslo "butter".
MASIItalian
From the given name Maso a short form of TOMMASO.
MASINItalian
Venetian variant of MASI.
MAŚLANKAPolish
Derived from Polish masło "butter". The name probably referred to a person who made or sold butter or buttermilk.
MASONEnglish
Occupational name for a stoneworker or layer of bricks, from Old French masson, ultimately of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian "to make").
MASSEYEnglish
Derived from Massy, the name of several towns in France. The name of the town is perhaps derived from a personal name that was Latinized as Maccius.
MASSON (2)French
Aphetic form Thomasson which is a diminutive form of THOMAS.
MASTERSEnglish, Scottish
Means "son of the master" from Middle English maister.
MASTERSONEnglish
Means "son of the master" from Middle English maister.
MATASpanish, Portuguese, Catalan
From the Old Spanish mata meaning "plantation of trees".
MATARACITurkish
From the name of a profession: a person who made water bottles or flasks.
MATEEVBulgarian
Means "son of MATEY".
MATĚJKACzech
Derived from the given name MATĚJ.
MATEUCatalan
Derived from the given name MATEU.
MATEUSPortuguese
From the given name MATEUS.
MATHERSEnglish
Occupational surname meaning "mower" in Old English.
MATHESONScottish
Means "son of MATTHEW".
MATHEWSEnglish
Derived from the given name MATTHEW.
MATHEWSONEnglish
Means "son of MATTHEW".
MATHIASENDanish
Means "son of MATHIAS".
MATHIEUFrench
Derived from the given name MATHIEU.
MATIĆCroatian
Means "son of MATIJA".
MATOSPortuguese, Jewish
Variant of MATA. Matos is also a name adopted by Jews of Portuguese and Spanish background. In 1589, Francisco Rodrigues de Matos was accused of being a Rabbi and convicted by the Inquisition, but it is doubtful that he was, in fact, a Rabbi.
MATOUŠEKCzech
Derived from a diminutive of the given name MATOUŠ.
MATSUMOTOJapanese
From one of the many places with this name in Japan, derived from Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
MATSUOKAJapanese
From Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (oka) meaning "ridge, hill".
MATSUSHITAJapanese
From Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (shita) meaning "under, below".
MATTHEWSEnglish
Derived from the given name MATTHEW.
MATTHEWSONEnglish
Means "son of MATTHEW".
MATTHIASENDanish
Means "son of MATTHIAS".
MATTSSONSwedish
Means "son of MATS".
MATVEEVRussian
Means "son of MATVEY".
MAURERGerman
Occupational name meaning "wall builder" in German.
MAUSGerman
From a nickname meaning "mouse" from the word mûs (Middle High German, Old High German).
MAXWELLScottish
From a place name meaning "Mack's stream", from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name MAGNUS, combined with Old English wella "stream". A famous bearer was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.
MAYEnglish
Derived from the given name MATTHEW.
MAYER (2)Jewish
From Hebrew meir which means "enlightened".
MAYER (3)English
Occupational name for a mayor, from Middle English mair.
MAYESEnglish
Patronymic form of MAY.
MAYNARDEnglish
Derived from the Germanic given name MEGINHARD.
MAZZAItalian
From nicknames meaning "maul" or "mallet" in Italian.
MCADAMSScottish, Irish
Means "son of ADAM" in Gaelic.
MCALISTERScottish, Irish
From Gaelic Mac Alastair meaning "son of ALISTAIR".
MCARTHURScottish
Means "son of ARTHUR" in Gaelic.
MCCABEIrish, Scottish
Means "son of Cába", where Cába is a given name meaning "cape".
MCCAIGIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Thaidhg meaning "son of TADHG".
MCCALLUMScottish
Variant form of MACANGUS.
MCCLEARYIrish
Anglicized form of MAC CLÉIRICH.
MCCLELLANDIrish, Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhaoláin meaning "son of the servant of FAOLÁN".
MCCONNELLScottish, Irish
Derived from Gaelic Mac Domhnaill (see MACDONALD).
MCCORMICKIrish, Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Cormaic meaning "son of CORMAC".
MCCOYScottish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCCRACKENIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Reachtain, Ulster variant of MAC NEACHTAIN.
MCCRAEIrish, Scottish
From the Gaelic Mag Raith meaning "son of Rath", a given name meaning "prosperity" or "grace".
MCCRORYIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ruaidhrí meaning "son of RUAIDHRÍ".
MCCUNEIrish
Anglicized form of MAC EOGHAIN.
MCDERMOTTIrish
Means "son of DIARMAID". The McDermotts were nobility in the Kingdom of Connaught, a province in Ireland.
MCDEVITTIrish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Daibhéid meaning "son of DÁIBHÍ".
MCELLIGOTTIrish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Uileagóid meaning "son of Uileagóid", a diminutive of UILLEAG.
MCEWANScottish
Anglicized form of MAC EOGHAIN.
MCFARLANEIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Pharlain meaning "son of PARTHALÁN".
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